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Research Associate / Senior Research Associate, Sample Processing

San Francisco, CA, USA

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

At Naring Health, our mission is to empower everyone to access individualized clinical and molecular data to manage and make informed decisions about their health proactively. Naring Health pairs personalized bioactive food formulations with next-generation blood-based diagnostic testing to treat and monitor chronic inflammatory diseases. As a research associate or senior research associate, you will develop sample processing and analytical technologies across various mission-critical project lines, including bioactive compound discovery/quantification in complex food matrices and blood-based clinical testing. You will apply broad bench laboratory skill-sets in sample processing and compound extraction to move the program’s technical base forward, including the development of standard techniques to process various complex sample matrices for downstream analysis of proteins, metabolites, and lipids. Together, we will make regular health monitoring, early disease detection, and personalized care a reality for every individual, improving lives and transforming healthcare along the way.


High-level responsibilities for this role:

  • Develop standardized methods for processing a wide range of whole food material (fruits, vegetables, roots, herbs, etc.) for the extraction of bioactive compounds of interest for downstream LCMS analysis

  • Stay up-to-date with the field and continually assess novel approaches that could be deployed in-house to move our technical program forward.

  • Assist with and take ownership of day-to-day lab activities, including solvent preparation and maintenance of various lab equipment and instrumentation

  • Collaborate effectively with senior scientists and engineers to integrate pre-analytical innovations with downstream molecular analyses

What you’ll bring to the table:

  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree (or equivalent industry experience) in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, food science, environmental science, or a related field, with specific expertise in food and/or clinical specimen handling

  • 1+ years (Research Associate) or 3+ years (Senior Research Associate) of full-time laboratory experience in the life sciences and/or food sciences (industry and/or academia)

  • Experience with various methods for chemical extraction of compounds of interest from complex sample matrices

  • Knowledge and understanding of QuECHERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe) sample preparation methods is desired but not required

  • Experience with methods for processing whole blood, plasma, and other clinical specimens for downstream multiomics testing is desired but not required.

  • Previous experience in regulated testing or quality control laboratory environment, as evidenced by knowledge of good laboratory practices (GLP), is desirable but not required.

  • Strong documentation skills and close attention to detail

  • Strong communication skills, eagerness to collaborate with researchers from different disciplines, and a comfort level with the flexibility and dynamic nature of working at an early-stage start-up

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this position successfully. Reasonable accommodations may enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

  • The ability to alternate between sitting and standing is present when a worker has the flexibility to choose between sitting or standing as needed.

  • Entering text or data into a computer or other machine using a traditional keyboard.

  • Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs occasionally

  • Must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19

About the Company

Naring Health provides comprehensive Digital Health & Wellness services that pair Precision Nutrition and Multiomics Diagnostic technologies to better manage chronic disease. 

Equal Opportunity Employment: Naring Health is an equal opportunity employer, harassment-free workplace, and complies with ADA regulations as applicable. All applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, national origin, ancestry, physical/mental disability, medical condition, military/veteran status, genetic information, marital status, ethnicity, or any other protected characteristic, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

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